Benny: The Life and Times of a Fighting Legend

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  • Written by John Burrowes
  • Paperback 224 pages (October 3, 2002)
  • Publisher: Mainstream Sport
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 1840186615

Synopsis (from
Benny Lynch was Scotland's first World Boxing Champion and the most talked-about sportsman in Britain throughout the 1930s. In fact, many consider him to be the greatest fighter ever produced in Britain. In an era when boxing was at its most popular, there were hundreds of working class boxers earning 50 shillings for every ten-round match they fought in. The few with exceptional talent could progress to earning more in the ring by accepting challenges from other regional boxing talents and, if good enough, take on the best in the world thereafter. "Benny" is an account of how Lynch battled his way above and beyond the "fifty-shilling men" of his home town of Glasgow to become the champion of Scotland, Britain, Europe and the World, earning a reputation as one of the greatest pugilists of all time. It details how his career sadly came to a premature halt due to Lynch's alcoholism, which left him destroyed, abandoned and deserted by his countless followers. In fact, it would take his tragic death in 1946 at the age of 33 to restore the fallen idol to legendary status again.